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UCSD p-SYSTEM PPLATFORMS/FORMATS: Apple II, Apple IIe, DEC Rainbow 100, DEC VT-180, DEC LSI/PDP-11, DEC PDP-11, Xerox 820/820-II, Motorola 68000, Intel 8086/8087/8088, Zilog Z80, 8080, MOS 6502, 6809, TI 9900.

ULTIMATE SOFTWARE LIBRARY, THE: A 186-page catalog published by Romox 476 Vandell Way Campbell, CA 95008 (408) 374-7200 in 1984, and given away free with the purchase of any program from their Software Centers. The Romox Software Center was a device about the size of a Commodore PET computer which could 'burn' game programs onto a Romox ECPC (Edge Connector Programmable Cartridge) module. The ECPC allowed computer gamers to buy a game by visiting their local 7-11 convenience store, paying $9.95 to the clerk (after they'd paid $25 for the ECPC of course), plug the cartridge into the correct slot for the brand of computer they owned, then select a new game that would overwrite the existing one on their ECPC. The concept was awesome, unfortunately, it didn't catch on in the market place.

The Winter 1984 issue of this catalog, which was Volume 1 (I don't think any subsequent volumes ever appeared) lists the following programs as being available from the Software Center:

Atari 2600 VCS

Atari 400/800


Commodore 64


Air Raiders Alien Garden Anteater Astroblitz Ambulance
Alien Alpha Shield Aggressor Bandits Ant Eater
Armor Ambush Anteater Apple Panic Coma Cave Creatures
Astroblast Attack at EP-CYG-4 Astroblitz Dancing Feats Character Crayons
Bank Heist Baja Buggies Bandits Fast Eddie DBMS Sort
Boing Castles & Keys Biorhythm Jawbreaker II Driving Demon
Cakewalk Crash Dive Blackhole Learning with Leeper Henhouse
Coconuts Dancing Feats Bumper Bash Lunar Leeper Hen Pecked
Commando Raid Fantastic Voyage Cannonball Blitz Mothership Princess and the Frog
Cosmic Creeps Fast Eddie Capture the Flag Motor Mania Rabbit Trail
Cosmic Swarm Flapper Cloudburst Mr. Cool Rotor Raiders
Crash Dive Final Orbit Coma Oil's Well Schnoz-Ola
Crypts of Chaos Fortune Hunter Creepy Corridors Parallex St. Nick
Dark Cavern Fun With Art Crossfire Princess and the Frog Topper
Deadly Duck Hot Lips Deadly Duck Renaissance Typo II
Demolition Herby  Jumpman Junior Fast Eddie Ripper Video Vegas
Eggomania Learning With Leeper Final Orbit Sammy Lightfoot
Fantastic Voyage M*A*S*H Fun With Music Snake Byte
Fast Eddie Monster Maze Household Finance Squish 'Em
Fast Food Mr. Cool In the Chips The Bartender
Flash Gordon Oil's Well Jawbreaker II Threshold
Frogs and Flies Parallex Lunar Leeper Trashman
Gopher Attack Plattermania M*A*S*H Turmoil
Guardians of Treasure  Porky's Monster Maze
International Soccer Princess and the Frog Porky's
Lock 'N Chase Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes Predator
M*A*S*H Ripper Princess and Frog
Megaforce Sea Chase Protector    
Mines of Minos Spark Bugs Rat Hotel    
Mogul Maniac Spider City Renaissance    
Off Your Rocker Squish 'Em Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes    
Porky's Starion Robot Panic    
Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes The Bartender Satellites and Meteorites    
Ram It Topper Serpentine    
Room of Doom Trion Snake Byte    
Sneak 'N Peak Turmoil Spider City    
Space Attack Typo Spills & Fills    
Space Jockey Whiz Kid Squish 'Em    
Space Master X-7 Worm War I Synthesound    
Squeeze Box   Terraguard    
Stargunner   Threshold    
Star Strike   Topper    
Stronghold   Trashman    
Super Challenge Baseball   Turmoil    
Super Challenge Football   Type Attack    
The Earth Dies Screaming   Typo    
Turmoil   Vic-Brain    
Word Zapper   Vic-Organ    
Worm War I   Videomania    
    Video Vermin    
    Whiz Kid    

UNDERSTANDING MICROPROCESSORS: A $4.95 book published by Texas Instruments in December 1979, supposedly written in "non-technical" language. It was announced in the December 1979 issue of BYTE magazine on page 262.

UMI: United Microware Industries Inc. 3503-C Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768 (714) 594-1351. Manufacturer of disk, cassette and cartridge software for the Commodore VIC-20, namely Amok (1611), Meteor Run (1613), Renaissance (1600), and Satellites & Meteorites (1650) among others.

UNOFFICIAL 99/4A: A bimonthly newsletter announced in June 1983 featuring programs, news and a question and answer forum. Subscriptions were $10 annually and could be ordered from Unofficial 99/4A Box 651 Clute, TX 77351. According to an ad by the company which appeared in the January 1984 issue of Enthusiast 99 on page 33, "Unofficial 99/4(A) is a bi-monthly publication dedicated to the TI-99/4 and TI-99/4A computers. In UNOFFICIAL you will find program reviews, programs to enter, articles to help you sharpen your TI skills, and articles from TI owners. UNOFFICIAL is entering its second year of publication and continues to offer a "No Quibble" Guarantee. If you are not happy with your first issue, write and receive a full refund. All subscription requests must be accompanied by a check or money order (U.S. currency only). Subscription fees for one year are U.S. - $10.00, Canada and Mexico - $13.00, Overseas by sea - $20.00, Overseas by air - $40.00".

USING and PROGRAMMING THE TI-99/4A: A book authored by Frederick Holtz, released in 1983, that joined the Computer Book Club stable of offerings in January 1984. It can be found among several other titles listed in BYTE magazine, January 1984, p.193.

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